State Rep. Ethan Orr's fight to stay on the ballot it over.

An attorney representing the Pima County Democratic Party said he is formally withdrawing the lawsuit seeking to kick Orr off the ballot, conceding the freshman District 9 Republican has the bare legal minimum of signatures necessary to qualify as a candidate.

The decision follows an independent count by the Pima County Recorder's Office, which ruled on Friday that Orr had enough valid signatures to run as candidate in the LD9 race. 

Local attorney Jeff Rogers said he disagrees with the County over the actual number of valid signatures but acknowledges Orr has enough to run.

"Despite throwing out over 240 invalid signatures, Orr may in fact meet the bare-minimum requirement to qualify for the ballot," Rogers said. "The Pima County Democratic Party will withdraw our petition challenge and focus on defeating Orr in the General Election."

Rogers said Orr is still facing stiff competition from Democrats in the LD9 race for the two house seats.

"We are confident that voters will choose Victoria Steele and Dr. Randy Friese to represent them in November," Rogers said. 

Orr called the lawsuit "frivolous" and "should never have been filed in the first place."

"I hope that my opponents will reimburse the taxpayers for the efforts the Pima County Recorders office went through to disprove these attacks," Orr said. 


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